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Experiencing Music – Restoring the Spiritual

Music as Well-being


June Boyce-Tillman

This book concerns an examination of the totality of the musical experience with a view to restoring the soul within it. It starts with an analysis of the strands in the landscape of contemporary spirituality. It examines the descriptors spiritual but not religious, and spiritual and religious, looking in particular at the place of faith narratives in various spiritualities. These strands are linked with the domains of the musicking experience: Materials, Expression, Construction and Values. The book sets out a model of the spiritual experience as a negotiated relationship between the musicker and the music. It looks in detail at various models of musicking drawn from music therapy, ethnomusicology, musicology and cultural studies. It examines the relationship between Christianity and music as well as examining some practical projects showing the effect of various Value systems in musicking, particularly in intercultural dialogue. It finally proposes an ecclesiology of musical events that includes both orate and literate traditions and so is supportive of inclusive community.


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Acknowledgements xi List of Figures xiii Introduction 1 Prelude And Still I Wander … through Greek Mythology and the Idea of the Soul 7 Chapter One The Development of Religionless Spirituality 25 Chapter Two The Cult of Creativity 81 Chapter Three The Development of a Phenomenography of the Musical Experience 123 Interlude One A Place of Transformation: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 135 Chapter Four The Environment 139 xChapter Five Music and Expression 159 Chapter Six Musical Construction 181 Chapter Seven Values in Musicking 215 Interlude Two Music and Christian Theology 255 Chapter Eight Crossing a Threshold: Encountering the Spiritual 265 Chapter Nine The Extrapersonal Dimension: The Use of the Musical Liminality as a Space for Peace and Justice Making 293 Chapter Ten Radical Musical Inclusion: An Ecclesiology of Music 313 Postlude Orpheus Rediscovered: The Way Forward 335 Bibliography 349 Index 387

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